Title: Sky in the Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
Genre/s: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
Part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
The first time I saw this book, I was immediately hooked! (Though, I suspect it’s primarily because of the Vikings part in the synopsis.) Fantasy and action and a strong female character? Sign me up!
The writing was good. The author managed to hook me within just a few chapters. I also loved how the writing style really captured the struggle of the main character, in terms of her journey from Hylli to Fela, and her own inner struggle in understanding everything that happened to her brother, and everything about the Riki clan.
At first I didn’t like the way the author incorporated the violence in the narration. It seemed out of place for me. But that was only in the first few chapters. After that, it was smoother and fiercer, and and through the writing, I saw the warrior that Eelyn was.
The characters were likable as I truly saw the passion and the love they have for various things. And although, each of them was driven by very different reasons, they were all so alike.
Eelyn was fueled by her love for her brother and father, and even Myra and the Aska clansmen. I witnessed Iri embrace new hope, a new life, and a new family. And I saw Fiske be driven by the love he has for his family including Iri.
I also loved how the clans were represented. Aska and Riki were different from each other, but one thing is for sure, their love for their clan and their families can unite them all.
The Herja clan was intriguing, too, but I felt like the details given by the author in the book was lacking. I wanted to know more about this fearsome clan.
The plot was good as well, though there were some points that threw me off.
The first few chapters were really good—filled with action and violence and fierce story-telling. But then it turned slow when Eelyn was in the Riki village. And then it picked up pace once again in the middle of the book.
The Herja clan was really interesting and I feel like they could have added more impact to the plot if the story offered more details about them. The story didn’t divulge further explanations about them other than they we menacing, they were ghost-like, and they were thought to be legends.
Eelyn’s growing feelings for Fiske also seemed out-of-place for me. They had minimal interaction and I just feel like it was so weird for them to be feeling that way. (That’s what it felt like for me, anyway.)
Quotes from the book
“I feel like…” I caught the sob in my chest and swallowed it, suddenly embarrassed.
He leaned in closer to me. “Like what?”
My eyes ran over his face. The scruff on his jaw. The dark lashes around his blue eyes. “Like I’m a flame about to burn out.” My voice was so thin it sounded like I could reach out and break it with my fingers. “Like I’m going to disappear.”
The moon rose up over my broken home and I broke with it.
But the thing writhing inside me was too angry to be calmed. It was too hurt to be hushed. It was a living, breathing thing and it was trying to swallow me whole. And maybe it would.
“This kind of bond is formed when a soul is broken. It’s formed through pain, loss, and heartbreak. They’re bound by something deeper than we can see.”
“The path of my soul has taken a turn, just as yours has.”
And that’s my very first December read! (
Can you guys believe it’s actually December now!) Have you read Sky in the Deep? What were your thoughts?